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2014-15 Academic Year News

 

Center for Transnational Justice 2014-2015 Graduate Student Research Grant Competition

 

The Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice is pleased to offer funding for research conducted by graduate students enrolled in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The Center will be awarding two Graduate Student Research Grants of up to $2500 for work on an issue of economic, political, or social justice that crosses national borders. Issue areas include but are not limited to immigration, forced migration and human trafficking, human rights, economic development, global trade and finance, pandemic diseases, and climate change.

Details about the grants including eligibility and application procedures found here.

 

Political Science Professor Interviewed on WUWM

 

Professor Julia Azari discusses her new book, Delivering the People's Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate, in which she analyzes the influence and credibility of the presidential mandate with WUWM Lake Effect's Mitch Teich. Prof. Azari will talk about her book at Boswell Book Store on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. Prof. Azari's work also addresses the role of informal norms and rules in American political institutions, ideological change in American political parties, the impact of presidential rhetoric on Congress, and the dilemma that presidents face between their roles as national and party leaders.

 

Prof. Hanley Announced as a 2014 Way Klinger Fellow

 

Prof. Ryan Hanley is one of two recipients of a 2014 Way Klingler Fellowship. The Way Klingler faculty fellowships are given to full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank who have potential for significant scholarship. One Way Klingler fellowship in science and one in the humanities are awarded each year. As the recipient of the 2014 award in the humanities, Prof. Hanley will use the funding for upcoming research projects that require time, access to information, and travel.

 

 

Prof. Wichowsky Announced as a 2014 WK Young Scholar Recipient

 

Prof. Amber Wichowsky is a recipient of a 2014 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award. These awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.

 

 

 

 

2013-14 Academic Year News

 

Prof. Barrington Interviewed by Fox 6 News on Conflict in Ukraine

Prof. Azari Article in Politco: Contradicting Criticisms of Obama's Leadership and Focus on Foreign Policy

Prof. Azari WUWM Interview: Internal GOP Conflict Will Continue

Prof. McGee Young's H20Score Initiative Profiled

Political Science Professor One of the Business Journal's 2014 "40 under 40"

 

Jobs for Political Science Majors Event Draws Majors and Prospective Majors

 

On October 10, 2013, a panel of professors and alumni discussed the topic of “Jobs for Political Science Majors That Do Not Involve Going to Law School.” Despite being the first day of midterm exams, more than forty students turned out to listen and ask questions. Those presenting at the event included: Prof. Charles Franklin (Professor of Law and Public Policy, Marquette University Law School; Director, Marquette Law School Poll); Prof. Jerry Prout (Visiting Asst. Professor, Marquette Political Science Dept.; Former VP- Public Affairs, FMC Corp., Washington, DC); Ms. Andrea Tarrell (Marketing Director, HNI Risk Services, Inc., New Berlin, WI); Mr. Steve Schultz (Senior Communications Consultant, Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI); and Mr. Alex Lombard (Employment Consultant, Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc., Milwaukee, WI). Following the presentations and Q&A, the presenters and the students continued to discuss the topic over refreshments.

 

U.S.-North Korea Relations

On October 1, 2013 Dan Blumenthal, director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, presented a talk, "Could the U.S. and North Korea Get Along? A Look Into U.S. and North Korean Relations and Nuclear Policy." There was a terrific turnout with many students in attendance and who asked excellent questions during the Q&A session.

 

Justice at the Intersection of Science and Policy

Marquette University, Great Lake Week and The Future of Ecology, a critical discussion on the future of the Great Lakes as seen through the lens of ecological justice was held on September 11, 2013. Professor McGee Young played a key role as organizer and panelist.

 

Political Science Professor Interviewed About Syria

Professor Julia Azari commented on the situation in Syria and how it has a major influence on the race for the White House.

 

Swank Wins Greenstone Book Award

Professor Duane Swank has won the 2013 J. David Greenstone Award of the American Political Science Association's organized section in Politics and History for his book The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 2012), coauthored with Cathie Jo Martin of Boston University.  The Greenstone award honors the best book published in the previous two years in the broadly defined area of politics and history.

 

2012-13 Academic Year News

Department Faculty Discuss Boston Bombings

On April 27th, Prof. Risa Brooks published an op-ed article in the Boston Globe titled "Homegrown Terrorism is Not on the Rise." The article complements her previous work on the level of threat to Americans posed by "homegrown" Muslim terrorists. The text of the op-ed piece is available here.

On April 19th and 20th, Political Science Department Chair Lowell Barrington was interviewed regarding the backgrounds of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on WISN-12 and WTMJ-4. Barrington, whose research focuses on the territory of the former Soviet Union, discussed the suspects' connections to the Russian regions of Chechnya and Dagestan. The video of the WISN-12 interview is available here.

 

Political Science Faculty Member Participates in Health Care Panel

Dr. Susan Giaimo, Director of Graduate Studies for the Political Science and International Affairs M.A. programs, participated in a panel about health care exchanges and whether they will help Wisconsinites find affordable medical insurance. The interview appeared on Fourth Street Forum. Prof. Giaimo is currently teaching a course on comparative health care and will be offering a course on the politics of American health care policy in the fall.

 

Department Chair Discusses Boston Bombing Suspects

on April 19th and 20th, Political Science Department Chair Lowell Barrington was interviewed regarding the backgrounds of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on WISN-12 and WTMJ-4. Barrington, whose research focuses on the territory of the former Soviet Union, discussed the suspects' connections to the Russian regions of Chechnya and Dagestan. The video of the WISN-12 interview is available here.

Canadian UN Ambassador Speaks to Students

On April 16th, Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, spoke to Marquette Political Science students in three different settings. In the morning and early afternoon, he presented to and fielded questions from students in two Political Science Courses (International Security and International Organizations), before his late-afternoon presentation to an overflow crowd of students and faculty on the topic "The UN: From Canadian Eyes." The Department of Political Science thanks Ambassador Rishchynski for sharing his significant expertise with our students.

Political Science Faculty Member Participates in Health Care Panel

Dr. Susan Giaimo, Director of Graduate Studies for the Political Science and International Affairs M.A. programs, participated in a panel about health care exchanges and whether they will help Wisconsinites find affordable medical insurance. The interview appeared on Fourth Street Forum. Prof. Giaimo is currently teaching a course on comparative health care and will be offering a course on the politics of American health care policy in the fall.

Political Science Professor and H2Oscore Founder Highlighted in Business Journal Article

Prof. McGee Young's local start-up, H2Oscore, lets homeowners track their water use and earn credits for conserving water that can be redeemed for discounts at area restaurants and other businesses. His venture was discussed in a recent article in the Business Journal, available here. Prof. Young also discussed faculty entrepreneurship efforts in an interview with Mitch Teich on the program Lake Effect. More here.

Political Science Professors Discuss Fall Elections in National and Local Media

Department of Political Science professors have been busy discussing the fall presidential, congressional, and state elections in the media. Prof. Julia Azari was quoted in a Washington Post discussion of the impact of party platforms on the 2012 election; was a guest on the nationally syndicated public radio show "To the Point" with Warren Olney; and weighed U.S. presidential "coolness," in an article at NPR.org. Prof. Amber Wichowsky was twice interviewed for CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer about the U.S. Senate Race in Wisconsin, as well as by WUWM's Bob Bach about Paul Ryan's speech at the GOP convention in Tampa. Dr. Wichowsky shared her thoughts on Ryan's comments. These and other professors were also interviewed by local and national media sources on the day of and in the days after the election. For a partial list of these media appearances, see the "Political Science Faculty In the News" page here.

Political Science Student Awarded Legion of Valor Bronze Cross

Courtney L. Martin, battalion executive officer and a senior majoring in political science, was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Oct. 11. She is just one of six NROTC students in the United States to receive the award this year. She will be commissioned an ensign in May. The Legion of Valor is a U.S. organization comprising the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross award recipients. The Bronze Cross award, consisting of a bronze cross and certificate, is awarded annually to exceptional NROTC students who achieve scholastic excellence and demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities. A more detailed discussion of Courtney and the award can be found on the Navy's website.

Political Science Professor Interviewed on Entrepreneurship

McGee Young, associate professor of political science and founder of H2O Score, was named the first Faculty Fellow within the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship at Marquette University's College of Business Administration. He and Tina Quealy, the associate director of the Entrepreneurship Center, joined Mitch Teich in the studio to talk about the development of faculty entrepreneurs and what working faculty stand to gain.

Political Science Professors Meet with Japanese Consul

On June 6th, five members of the Department of Political Science -- Prof. Julia Azari, Prof. Amber Wichowsky, Prof. Paul Nolette, Prof. John McAdams, and Prof. Lowell Barrington -- met with Mr. Kotaro Matsuzawa, Consul of Political Affairs at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. The faculty members and Mr. Matsuzawa met on the Marquette University campus to discuss current issues in American politics, the impact of and lessons from the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, and factors most likely to influence the outcome of the November presidential election.

 

2011-12 Academic Year News

Graduate Students Present Papers at Political Science Conferences

Three students in Marquette's master's program in International Affairs presented papers at the Midwest Political Science Association conference. The conference, widely considered the best regional political science conference in the country, took place April 11-14 at the historic Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. The three students were Mujtabi Isani, who presented the paper "How Globalized is the Muslim World?"; John Porten, whose paper was titled "Management, Membership and Incentives: An Exchange Theory of Violent Group Behavior"; and Matt Surey, who presented a paper titled "China and the International Human Rights Regime."

In addition, Nathan Conroy, a graduate student in the Political Science master's program presented a paper at the 2012 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, held February 17-19th in Washington, D.C. This annual conference brings together political science professors from around the country and is designed to promote greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies for the political science classroom. The theme for the 2012 conference was "Teaching Political Science: Relevance in a Changing World." Nathan's paper, "Civic Engagement through an Entrepreneurial-Experiential Learning Model Applied in the Political Science Classroom," was co-authored with Prof. McGee Young.

Graduate Students Win Best Paper Award

Mujtaba Isani and Benjamin Stewart were co-winners of the 2012 Pi Sigma Alpha award for best paper presented by a graduate student, for their papers presented at the Illinois State Conference for Students of Political Science. The conference attracted students from across the country. Isani and Stewart were two of three winners of the award. Their papers will be published in the journal Critique: A Worldwide Student Journal of Politics.

Political Science Professors and Graduate Students Contribute to Marquette Law School's 2012 Polling Project

A number of professors and graduate students from the Department of Political Science are participating in the Law School's 2012 polling project. Marquette Political Science Professors have assisted in the development of the polls and the analysis of polling data. Prof. Amber Wichowsky, for example, posted an analysis of the February 2012 data on the blog site for the project. Her analysis piece is available here. Graduate students from the Political Science and International Affairs program are taking a political polling graduate seminar taught by the head of the polling project, Prof. Charles Franklin, a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and visiting professor of law and public policy at the Marquette Law School.

Marquette Students Discuss Public Service and the State of Politics

Six Marquette University students, five of whom are Political Science majors, spoke about leadership and the future of Wisconsin politics as part of "Commitment 2012 Special Report — Divided We Stand." This story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Feb. 9th, 2012. Video of the interview is also available at WISN.com here.

Prof. Duane Swank Is New VP and President-Elect of APSA's Comparative Politics Section

Prof. Duane Swank has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. The Comparative Politics Section, with nearly 2,000 members, is the largest organized division within APSA. Professor Swank will work with other officers of the CP Section to appoint and oversee standing and awards committees, monitor the production of the CP Section's newsletter/journal APSA-CP, and develop and implement initiatives that benefit section members. Prof. Swank will serve as Vice President from Fall 2011 to Fall 2013; he will serve as Section President from 2013 to 2015.

Prof. Amber Wichowsky Interviewed for NPR Story

Prof. Amber Wichowsky was interviewed for a National Public Radio story on how contentious experiences during a presidential primary process can affect the nominee in the general election. The resulting article from NPR.org, "Why A Fight To The Finish May Not Be A Bad Thing," is available at the NPR.com website. Prof. Wichowsky received her Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2010. She spent last academic year at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University on a postdoctoral fellowship. She joined the Marquette Political Science Department in the fall of 2011.

Prof. Jeffrey Drope's Book Featured in Discover

Prof. Jeff Drope's new edited volume, Tobacco Control in Africa: People, Politics and Policies (Anthem Press, 2011), is the subject of a feature in the 2011 edition of Marquette's Discover, which highlights important research work by Marquette faculty. The book provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of tobacco control policies across Africa. It is based on research that Prof. Drope has conducted for the last three years, supported by a grant from the Canadian government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Political Science Department Welcomes Profs. Amber Wichowsky, Dongwook Kim, and Paul Nolette to Its Faculty

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that three new professors joined its faculty in the fall of 2011.

Dr. Amber Wichowsky received her Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2010. She spent the past academic year at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University on a postdoctoral fellowship. Her research interests include urban politics, state and local government use of federal funds, competition and electoral accountability in the United States, and American mass attitudes and ideology.

Dr. Dongwook Kim received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He served as the Hewlett Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He also taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago before coming to Marquette. His research and teaching interests include international law and organizations, human rights, and transnational activism.

Dr. Paul Nolette received his Ph.D. from Boston College in 2011. He also has a law degree from Georgetown University and subsequently served as the legal counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Committee in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. His research and teaching interests include public and constitutional law, American federalism, and the role of courts and litigation in American political development.

 

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